Last week we reported about the murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, who was killed while returning to his father’s Sanford home. Although the man who shot Martin surrendered to police, he has yet to be charged in the teen’s murder and now Martin’s family is asking the FBI to step in.
Many are outraged at the slaying of an unarmed black teen, and are wondering why Sanford police have failed to build a case against Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain.
According to reports, Martin was walking home from the store on February 27, when Zimmerman called 911 and reported a suspicious black man. Although the the 911 operator told the man not to follow the teen and allow police to handle the situation, Zimmerman confronted Martin and the unarmed teen ended up fatally shot.
Despite Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense, Benjamin Crump, the Martin family attorney, thinks otherwise.
“He can make that self-defense argument. But that’s in court with the judge and the jury after he’s been arrested,” he told CNN.
Crump says police officials are giving the family the run around and aren’t doing a good job of investigating the case. Weeks after Trayvon’s death, the Sanford police have finally agreed to release the 911 tapes later today, but Crump isn’t satisfied with how slow things are moving.
“And now they are doing an investigation. So more nights go by where these parents go to bed knowing that their son is in a grave and the man who killed their son is sleeping his own bed,” Crump said
The family has asked the FBI to step in and take over the investigation, claiming they no longer trust local officials to handle the case appropriately, but Sanford police officials say they do not have enough probable cause to arrest Zimmerman.
“Until we can establish probable cause to dispute that, we don’t have the grounds to arrest him,” Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. said Monday.
Since news of Martin’s slaying broke, many mainstream media outlets have continued to ignore his story. However, the family is thankful that some like MSNBC, CNN, Current TV and local news affiliates have kept Trayvon’s story alive.